Course Details

  • This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for theatrical and media make-up and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a make-up artist in the media, theatre, performing arts, fashion and photographic industries. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:
    - Health and safety in the salon
    - Cosmetic make-up science
    - Media make-up
    - Style and fit postiche
    - Photographic make-up
    - Anatomy and physiology for make-up services
    - Airbrush make-up
    - Cosmetic camouflage
    - False eyelash application
    Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to provide a wide range of creative make-up services in media, theatre, and fashion and photographic settings. Learners will also style and fit hair pieces and apply false eyelashes as well as understand the related cosmetic science that underpins the subject. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.
    You will gain support in choosing the right career choice and building confidence in working within a team and preparing for employment.
    English and maths will form part of this programme for 16-18 learners.

  • Learners are required to have a grade 4 or above in maths and English

  • You will be on a course where assessment of practical observations supports your programme of learning. You will build a portfolio of evidence and assessed through practical assessment, exams and assignments.

  • Upon successful completion of this qualification, students can advance their make-up skills by progressing on to our UCEN foundation degree.

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  • This course is fully funded, a kit and uniform will need to be purchased at the cost of approx. £250.

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